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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 back from the dead - Seabass-style (03/14/2017).

Post by TRX-1-3 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:53 am

That's a slick layout. Battery terminals towards rear with the electronics behind. Like you said.......cleaner install.

And I can't wait to see this thing all buttoned up. Are you going traditional body style or "aftermarket"? Seems with that chassis footprint, you might have more options.

Looks great.
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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 back from the dead - Seabass-style (03/14/2017).

Post by Lonestar » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:45 am

Thanks for the comments :)

The body is the same Jake had done already. It's an original TRX1 'chute one ;) I will festoon it to death with stickies to PO Marc :mrgreen:

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It needs a bit of extra trimming and adjustments, plus the shock towers neeed to be drilled, which is something that gets me slightty worried. I will see if there's a smarter way to shunt this step. I don't have the gear to drill CWF, plus the dust is nasty :?

CWF battery bars ordered from RC Carbon Works yesterday 8)

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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 back from the dead - Seabass-style (03/14/2017).

Post by jwscab » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:58 pm

the carbon fiber is perfectly fine to drill with regular drill bits. You just have to back the material with something sacrificial, such as a nice flat piece of plywood or scrap plastic. This will prevent breakthrough on the back side. For two holes, the dust will be very minimal, just sweep up or wipe with a damp cloth. A drill press is ideal, but you can clamp it to your sacrificial piece and use a hand drill too.

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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 back from the dead - Seabass-style (03/14/2017).

Post by Lonestar » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:36 pm

jwscab wrote:
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:58 pm
the carbon fiber is perfectly fine to drill with regular drill bits. You just have to back the material with something sacrificial, such as a nice flat piece of plywood or scrap plastic. This will prevent breakthrough on the back side. For two holes, the dust will be very minimal, just sweep up or wipe with a damp cloth. A drill press is ideal, but you can clamp it to your sacrificial piece and use a hand drill too.
Cheers Joe, appreciate the input. I only have hand-held tools, and they aren't the finest to conduct "precision" drilling indeed... I also have memories of drill bit that got slightly distorted as I was pitting them against cwf plates. We shall see ;)

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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 back from the dead - Seabass-style (03/14/2017).

Post by jwscab » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:42 pm

well, I guess I should say, you need at least HSS drill bits, ie, not inexpensive chinese 'carbon' steel drills. HSS is industry standard for anything other than wood.

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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 back from the dead - Seabass-style (03/14/2017).

Post by Coelacanth » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:27 pm

Lonestar wrote:
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:45 am
Thanks for the comments :)

The body is the same Jake had done already. It's an original TRX1 'chute one ;) I will festoon it to death with stickies to PO Marc :mrgreen:

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That chassis plate looks ripe for a proper festooning of stickerage. :P
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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 back from the dead - Seabass-style (03/14/2017).

Post by Lonestar » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:50 pm

Coelacanth wrote:
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:27 pm
Lonestar wrote:
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:45 am
Thanks for the comments :)

The body is the same Jake had done already. It's an original TRX1 'chute one ;) I will festoon it to death with stickies to PO Marc :mrgreen:

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That chassis plate looks ripe for a proper festooning of stickerage. :P
That's the plan, although only blue and fluo yellow stickies are gonna land there. :mrgreen:
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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 back from the dead - Seabass-style (03/14/2017).

Post by Lonestar » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:10 pm

Electronics finally mounted and soldered in woo-hoo!

Starting with the speedo - it's a hit-or-miss job to solder two wires on one plug, and this time it was a hit 8)

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Then the rest, neatly tucked in black shrink wrap, with servo wires getting the "black sharpie" treatment :mrgreen:

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CWF Battery holders installed, but a bit too short... it "fits" but not as nicely as I'd like it to. I will have to special order them, or pull out the dremel to widen the gap between both holes a bit :(

We're getting there...
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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 - Seabass-style - Electronics IN! (03/23/2017).

Post by Coelacanth » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:47 pm

Nice tidy wiring job. I like it when some thought is put into a clean electronics install with wiring minimized & organized. 8)
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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 - Seabass-style - Electronics IN! (03/23/2017).

Post by peuge73 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:48 pm

not any blue nut left for the slipper ?
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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 - Seabass-style - Electronics IN! (03/23/2017).

Post by Lonestar » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:21 pm

Coelacanth wrote:
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:47 pm
Nice tidy wiring job. I like it when some thought is put into a clean electronics install with wiring minimized & organized. 8)

Cheers man. Takes a while to do right indeed ;)
peuge73 wrote:
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:48 pm
not any blue nut left for the slipper ?
Eagle-eye Hugues ;) Ben non - y en avait plus dans la boiboite magique... no more imperial blue ano'ed nuts :( This is the only non-metric piece of hardware on the kit btw!
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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 - Seabass-style - Electronics IN! (03/23/2017).

Post by Lonestar » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:42 pm

Spent a while in the shop trying to find the right shoes for this car...

The good news is that 2.15' rims are still easily source-able.

The rear will get HB impacts, the front some Losi ribbed tires - both with AKA red inserts. Just because I had all these in my new tire box :)

Cleaning the molding residues with WD40 - for shelf purposes only, don't do this if you really want to glue them as this will simply prevent them to stick FOREVER.

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Before - After :D

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Once mounted - beginning to get close!

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Still, ride height was bit high at minimum and the shock stroke was not used the best it could have been - so time to move out the shocks on the A-arm, and pull out the dremel as the modern shock eyelets were too thick to fit in the vintage black TRX-1 A-arms...

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Except, as you can see, these are genuine WHITE A-arms. I dremeled the snort out of un-find-able white TRX-1 A-arms... this was painful to find out!

Nothing a black sharpie can't fix tho :mrgreen:

Looking the business, now:
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To be still done: a new wings, body adjustments, stickies, and the low-speed run in the safe environment of the living-roon :)
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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 - Seabass-style - Electronics IN! (03/25/2017).

Post by klavy69 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:23 pm

Just an FYI Paul...those rims take dye really well :wink: .

Looking great. The arms were already dyed so its not like you hurt them any more than they already were. AND...where does white come into the theme at? :mrgreen:

Getting close to done on this one so gotta start looking for the next project 8)

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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 - Seabass-style - Electronics IN! (03/25/2017).

Post by Lonestar » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:50 pm

klavy69 wrote:
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:23 pm
Just an FYI Paul...those rims take dye really well :wink: .

Looking great. The arms were already dyed so its not like you hurt them any more than they already were. AND...where does white come into the theme at? :mrgreen:

Getting close to done on this one so gotta start looking for the next project 8)

Todd
Thanks Todd :mrgreen:

There's some white on the body... but, true, those rims clash with the rest of the project somewhat :?

I just have one experience of dying plastic parts and it was a disaster... and this was for a TRX-1 already, the black dye never really got into the plastic, which ended-up brownish. Not sure I'm willing to try again to be honest. At least those rims are easily sourceable :mrgreen:

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Re: Black and Blue TRX-1 - Seabass-style - Electronics IN! (03/25/2017).

Post by klavy69 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:25 am

To dye this stuff takes a definite 'want to do'. I've had issues with black not taking in and turning brown also. Looked like crap when I was done and ended up looking worse than the off colors it was to begin with. If you do try to dye a set of those wheels simple green the crap outta them and then boil them first to get rid of the form release agents on the nylon and they'll take dye easily and uniformly 8)

I'm thinking this one could use a nice set of alloys like some blue T&A wheels to be over the top but then again...they don't hold up well the way I"d run it :wink:

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